Master Malee Khow, President and Head Instructor of Malee’s School of Tai Chi & Kung Fu, has trained in traditional and contemporary Chinese martial arts for over 30 years. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Master Khow learned from famous masters such as Grandmaster Ji Changxiu (Kei Cheong-Sau), lineage holder of Zhaobao He style tai chi. An eighth degree black belt (USAWKF), she was inducted into the USAWKF Hall of Fame as an “Outstanding Master” in 1999.
Master Khow is the President of the U.S.A. National Tai Chi Chuan Federation, Vice-President of the U.S.A. Wushu-Kungfu Federation in charge of Internal Events, Chairperson of the USAWKF Competition and Events Management Committee. The USAWKF is a member of the International Wushu Federation, the world’s governing body of wushu and member of the International Olympic Committee.
In 1985, Master Khow was invited by the Chinese Wushu Association to Xi’an, China, to compete at wushu’s first major international tournament and to be certified as a national instructor of wushu. Over the next twelve years, she would compete at almost a dozen international tournaments, winning eight gold medals. In Thailand, she was the national wushu champion from 1985 to 1989.
In 1989 Master Khow immigrated to the U.S., and in 1994 she opened her school in Manchester, Connecticut. In addition to her teaching duties at her school, she gives lessons in tai chi and kung fu at various locations throughout the state, including: Manchester Senior Center (since 1990), Manchester Community College (since 1993), and Eastern Connecticut State University (since 2000).
Master Khow dedicates much of her time to promoting wushu. She has organized the following tournaments and other events since 1999:
- 1st through 4th New England International Chinese Martial Arts Championships (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012)
- U.S. Wushu Taolu Team Trials (2005)
- USAWKF National Championships (2005, 2008, 2012)
- USAWKF/USANTCCF National Instructors and Judges Examination Course (2005, 2008, 2012)
- U.S. Junior Team Trials (2008, 2012)
- U.S. Traditional Wushu Team Trials (2008, 2012)
She has served as the U.S. Chief Judge of Internal Events or Chief Referee at the National Championships six times since 1999. She was the U.S. judge at the 7th World Wushu Championships (2003) and the 1st World Traditional Wushu Championships (2004).
Since 2007, Master Khow has served as U.S. Team Manager at the following events:
- 9th World Wushu Championships (2007)
- 7th Pan-American Wushu Championships (2008)
- 2nd World Junior Wushu Championships (2008)
- World Wushu Tournament Beijing 2008
- 10th World Wushu Championships (2009)
- 3rd World Junior World Wushu Championships (2010)
- 4th World Junior World Wushu Championships (2012)
- 12th World Wushu Championships (2013)
- 1st World Taijiquan Championships (2014)
Master Khow’s students have won hundreds of medals in national and international competition.